A very rare and historically interesting mid 19th century handwritten document with Royal connection Entitled 'Catalogue of Her Majesty's Clocks in Buckingham Palace.  April 1854. C.F.

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Lot 17
A very rare and historically interesting mid 19th century handwritten document with Royal connection
Entitled 'Catalogue of Her Majesty's Clocks in Buckingham Palace. April 1854. C.F.

Sold for £ 1,912 (US$ 2,473) inc. premium

Fine Clocks

15 Dec 2004, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A very rare and historically interesting mid 19th century handwritten document with Royal connection
Entitled 'Catalogue of Her Majesty's Clocks in Buckingham Palace. April 1854. C.F.
comprising of seventeen sheets of lined paper loosely folded in half and contained in a card folder, the script in sepia ink within red rulings, describing 108 royal clocks. Each clock noted with
Makers name
Number
Description
Location and Remarks.

A selection of unused Charles Frodsham watch papers and business cards are included with this lot. The folder 23.5cms by 17cms. (9.25ins. by 6.75ins.)

Footnotes

  • The Public Records Office contains a Warrant under which Charles Frodsham is ordained as "Superintendent and Keeper of Her Majesty's Clocks at Buckingham Palace in Ordinary". It is dated April 1854, the same month that the current lot was written by "C.F."

    The unavoidable conclusion to draw, therefore, is that this document is the personal record made by Charles Frodsham in the first few weeks of his new post as Superintendent of the Queens Clocks. It and the Frodsham trade cards were discovered by the vendor in a mass of unrelated papers. The Charles Frodsham ephemera dates from the George VI period (1936-1952) and is unused condition, indicating that whoever owned the folder within that time frame was personally involved with the Frodsham firm and had access to their unused business cards and watch papers.

    The document itself makes fascinating reading and for many, the most interesting aspect will be the insight into what a well respected clockmaker in the mid 19th century thought of the products of his forebears. It is well to remember that only a year later, Frodsham was Master of the Clockmakers Company and his personal value judgements would have doubtless echoed throughout the Clockmakers Company and would have helped forge contemporary opinion.

    1854 was also the year that Frodsham took over the firm of Vulliamy. Of the 108 clocks listed in the inventory, Frodsham describes only 6 of them as "1st class work". Five of these six are by Vulliamy; the sixth is Breguet number 3671, the twin pendulum regulator.
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